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Vice Chancellor for Diversity Candidates

To UT Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek

Four candidates for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity will visit campus over the next three weeks.

The university created the position to enhance our diversity initiatives and maximize cultural awareness and civility initiatives.

Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, is chairing the search.

As part of the campus visits, each candidate will lead a public forum and respond to questions following their presentations. I invite you to join us for the sessions:

Rickey L. Hall

Rickey L. HallAssistant vice president for equity and diversity, University of Minnesota

Open Forum
Thursday, October 4, 9:00 -10:15 a.m.
Shiloh Room, 235 University Center

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Webcast Link

Ken D. Coopwood, Sr.

Ken D. Coopwood, Sr.Vice president for diversity and inclusion, Missouri State University

Open Forum
Friday, October 5, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Shiloh Room, 235 University Center

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Webcast Link

John O. Bello-Ogunu, Sr.

John O. Bello-Ogunu, Sr.Associate vice president and chief diversity officer, the College of Charleston

Open Forum
Tuesday, October 16, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Shiloh Room, 235 University Center

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Webcast Link

Melva "Cookie" Newsom

Melva "Cookie" NewsomDirector of diversity education and assessment, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Open Forum
Thursday, October 18, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Shiloh Room, 235 University Center

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Webcast Link

For those who can't attend, each forum will be web cast live and archived for viewing later. You are encouraged to submit questions and feedback online.

Please watch Tennessee Today for updates about the search.

Search Committee

The UT search committee is chaired by Bob Rider, dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Members are:

  • Vincent Anfara, past president of the UT Faculty Senate and head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Avery Howard, an undergraduate student
  • Wanda Costen, associate professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Shane Colter, office of information technology
  • R.J. Hinde, associate dean and professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Margie Nichols, vice chancellor for communications
  • Mary Papke, English professor
  • Anton Reece, director of the Student Success Center
  • Jennifer Richter, associate director of the Office of Equity and Diversity
  • Todd Skelton, graduate student

Posted: September 28, 2012